Tuesday, news outlets and social media sites across the internet blew up with the latest undercover
investigation into the nation’s infamous abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. Headlines featuring
everything from “Planned Parenthood Sells Dead Baby Body Parts” to “Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Sell
Fetuses: The Real Story Behind That Shady Video” have been circulating the web for the last couple of
days, and nearly every media site has their own version of the story.
Many of the articles published regarding the story focus on the emotional horror incited by Nucatola’s casual tone, as she discusses aborted baby hearts and livers with the same ambiance of someone discussing the weather. Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, published a video statement in which she apologizes for Nucatola’s uncompassionate tone, without mentioning the other questionable aspects of the investigative footage. We at Prolife Youth want our readers to be informed witnesses to the truth, so we have stripped away the emotions, and are presenting you with the facts.
1. Dr. Deborah Nucatola does not explicitly say Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.
In fact, Nucatola carefully articulates prices to the investigators, so as not to give the impression that PP is in the business for profit. However, if you read the transcript to the video, you’ll see Nucatola says, “I think for affiliates, at the end of the day, they’re a non-profit, they just don’t want to—they want to break even. And if they can do a little better than break even, and do so in a way that seems reasonable, they’re happy to do that.”
Let’s say we grant PP the benefit of the doubt, that donating “specimens” (this is the phrase Nucatola uses to refer to the parts of aborted fetuses) comes with transportation costs. Getting paid the $30-$100 to cover these costs means that they break even. However, for them to “do a little better than break even” means that they are making some kind of profit off these “donations.”
2. If Planned Parenthood is making a profit off the sale of fetal parts, they are not breaking the law.
42 U.S. Code 274e prohibits any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer human organs—this includes fetal organs—for valuable consideration for transplantation, if the transfer affects interstate commerce. Violating this law could result in a fine of up to $50,000, imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both.
However, Planned Parenthood is probably not using these fetal parts for transplants; rather, it is more likely they are being used for research.
42 U.S. Code 289g prohibits any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer human fetal tissue for valuable consideration, if the transfer affects interstate commerce. Violating this law could result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.
It would seem that this law only covers pregnancies specifically conceived for the sake of donating fetal tissue. If a woman signs a consent form to donate the tissue after she has already made the decision to abort, then she and those involved have not violated this law.
Money used for covering transportation costs are not included in the term “valuable consideration” used above in both laws.
3. Planned Parenthood’s PR firm refers to the harvesting of aborted fetal organs as, “a humanitarian undertaking.”
The PR firm issued a statement in which they said,
“Aborted pregnancy tissue donation and research are humanitarian undertakings that hold the potential to cure disease, save lives, and ameliorate suffering. Some providers choose to offer this service to patients; in some cases patients are seeking tissue donation, and in other cases patients are informed of the option and choose tissue donation.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are better advantages using adult stem cells rather than embryonic ones. Is it efficient and wise to spend time, money, and resources on embryonic tissue rather than on adult tissue, which has had more medical success?
4. Planned Parenthood is violating federal law.
They might be able to sneak around the law when it comes to organ and tissue “donation,” but the methods used to harvest aborted baby parts are illegal. In 2003, Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Partial-birth abortion describes a procedure which takes place on fetuses 5 months in utero and older (a point at which it is possible for a baby to survive outside the womb), in which they are delivered from a breeched position, the base of their skull is punctured, and their brain is suctioned by a vacuum so that the head can be easily delivered from the cervix.
Nucatola essentially describes this procedure when discussing how PP is able to provide intact fetal organs. Planned Parenthood blatantly violates federal law.
5. State and Federal investigations into Planned Parenthood are beginning.
Committees from the House of Representatives are beginning investigations into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices. Furthermore, at state level, five different states have also begun their own investigations into the abortion giant. So far the states are Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, and Indiana. More states are expected to follow suit.
This could be a huge victory into the prolife endeavor to defund Planned Parenthood.
Yes, the idea of Planned Parenthood harvesting aborted baby organs for profit is absolutely terrible. But should any of us be surprised? Babies have been continually disrespected by this organization time and time again. Babies are referred to as problems, mistakes, inconveniences, and punishments. To Planned Parenthood, babies are nothing more than an object whose worth is determined by whether or not it is wanted.